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    by Published on 10-10-2011 03:26 AM
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    It was only time until RIM decided to make NFC within the BlackBerry 7 devices something useful. During a keynote presentation at the GITEX conference in Dubai, Jim Balsillie unveilled BlackBerry Tag.

    BlackBerry® Tag, which will be incorporated in the next BlackBerry® 7 OS update*, will allow users to share contact information, documents, URLs, photos and other multimedia content by simply tapping their BlackBerry smartphones together. BlackBerry Tag will also enable friends to instantly add one another as contacts on BBM™ (BlackBerry® Messenger).

    BlackBerry Tag takes advantage of Near Field Communications (NFC) technology included in the recently launched BlackBerry® Bold™ 9900/9930 and BlackBerry® Curve™ 9350/9360/9370 smartphones, and these are the first BlackBerry smartphones that will support BlackBerry Tag.

    * Subject to network operator certifications. Check with your local operator for availability.
    This is certainly a great way to incorporate NFC usage into a users daily routine.
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    by Published on 10-07-2011 03:04 PM
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    1. BlackBerry Rumors,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    3. BlackBerry Software

    Things are starting to get exciting once again in the world of BlackBerry. We are starting to hear more and more about this new BBX platform. We got word a couple days ago that new BlackBerry X (BBX) platform, would be announced at the upcoming DevCon in San Francisco. The BBX platform is rumored to be a QNX based OS for the PlayBook and the upcoming QNX based BlackBerry SuperPhones.

    Although we have some information regarding the devices BBX will showcase on, there is still much to be determined in regards to its functionality. A photo taken from a recent QNX blog post shows the name BBX in one of the presentation slides talking about QNX Car 2. This is exciting as it helps confirm progress in RIM's next major move.

    With QNX based Blackberries coming soon it only makes sense for RIM to announce something like this at the next DevCon. I am excited about this, a fresh name, a new OS, and new devices on the horizon. I like RIM's decision to step out of their traditional OS and device models, and move towards something fresh.

    What do you think? Are you excited about BBX?
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    by Published on 09-30-2011 09:29 AM
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    Security is one of the biggest reasons why so many people choose BlackBerry as their preferred smartphone. Its clear that it rises far beyond the rest of its class in regards to security, and keeping data safe. So when exploits or security loopholes are found it's a big deal. Users want to be protected, and companies need to be ensured their data is protected at all times.
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    by Published on 09-21-2011 06:18 AM
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    RIM has just updated the BlackBerry Payment Service SDK 1.0 to a new version which adds a great extension to the SDK announced in January. The BlackBerry Payment Service SDK 1.5 enables developers to start offering subscription based services, auto-renewing subscriptions for apps and in-app digital goods.

    Developers can easily update to the new version as BlackBerry Payment Service SDK 1.5 leverages the API from 1.0. The new functionality includes checking for status of a subscription and canceling subscriptions. BlackBerry Payment Service manages the subscription renewals and sends out renewal reminders and receipts to users. To benefit from apps with subscription services users will have to download the recently released BlackBerry App World 3.0.

    With BlackBerry Payment Service 1.5 developers can adopt a new business model for their apps if they choose to. It includes automatic renewal periods at 7 or 30 days, recurring billing automatically handled by BlackBerry App World, the option to offer incentives to first time subscribers, the convenience of choosing from PayPal, Credit Card or Carrier Billing as payment options. They can also offer premium content or access to a cloud-based service. As an example check out BBM Music which already uses BlackBerry Service SDK 1.5.

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    by Published on 09-20-2011 09:08 PM
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    Today UberSocial has been updated to version 1.251. Version 1.251 includes the following changes:

    • Direct support for the latest OS 7 BlackBerry devices
    • For BlackBerry OS 6.0 and 7.0 devices we now support the home screen message notification bar so DMs, @replies/mentions and inner circle tweets will show up there for quick access from the device home screen. When you see the mini UberSocial icon, click the bar and the tweets/DMs that caused the notification will be displayed along with a snippet of the tweet. Clicking the tweet snippet will take you directly to it.
    • Fixed bug where tweets would not open on some touch screen devices when you touched them
    • Fixed bug where trending topics descriptions would sometimes overlap in the list.
    • Fixed issue caused by twitter wrapping all URLs with t.co shortened links, this affected twitlonger, tmi.me, myloc.me and mypict.me links
    • List timelines now include retweets
    • Fixed bug where mini-icon would sometimes have a zero next to it
    • Improved load times for the inner circle timeline
    • Mypict.me now respects the picture size that you choose.
    • Profile pictures are now rotated correctly
    • Added 'Login via Browser' as an option when adding more then one account
    • Added multiple retries to the authorization process as the twitter servers appear to timeout or return nothing quite often
    • Added a 'Theme' menu itme so you can easily change themes from the home timeline without going into options
    • Changed the menu text of 'My Timeline' to 'My Tweets' to more accurately reflect the functionality
    • Support for new device screen sizes for installable themes
    • Fixed a theme bug where backgrounds were not being used on all screens, causing tiling of the portrait background
    • Greatly improved timeline scrolling performance on touch screen devices

    Most of the changes listed are the same as the previous release. The important point to note is the "Greatly improved timeline scrolling performance on touch screen devices" UberSocial is popular twitter app that allows for an enriched tweeting experience. They are also working on BBM integration.

    Do you use UberSocial? If not, then what app do you use for Twitter? Let us know in the comments!

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    by Published on 09-12-2011 08:16 PM
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    BlackBerry Master Control Program (BBMCP) has been floating in beta testing waters for over 3 years now. After 2 successful beta builds, they've decided to make the latest an official build. This is useful tool for BlackBerry device tweaking & tinkering.

    The new v1.0 does bring a few small changes including:

    • Added JavaLoader 7.0 Beta 2 (from BlackBerry JDE 7.0 Beta 2).
    • All downloads on the Downloads screen have been updated.
    • MCP Support link (Welcome screen) fixed.
    • MCP Portable updates and fixes.
    • MCP Redesigned for PortableApps Platform “Next” Pre-Release 3


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    by Published on 09-07-2011 10:18 PM
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    RIM has released Desktop Manager v2.2 for Mac for testing in Beta Zone. You will need OSX 10.5.7 or higher in order to install.

    Features In Focus

    You can now preview and test some of the features and improvements that are currently available in our beta software with your BlackBerry smartphone and tablet. We ask that you please focus your use and testing in the following areas:

    • Installation: Were you able to successfully install the software on your Mac? Were you satisfied with the time it took to complete the full installation?
    • Device Summary Screen: Does the software recognize your device and provide the information you expect to see? What do you think of the design and usability of this screen?
    • Organizer: Synchronize your personal data (Calendar, Contacts, Notes, Tasks) between your BlackBerry smartphone and Mac.
    • Backup and Restore: Automatically or manually backup and restore your data, or clear content. In addition to your BlackBerry smartphone, Backup & Restore your PlayBook!
    • Applications: Add or remove applications on your device and update your software using the ‘Check for Updates’ option.
    • Media Sync: Synchronize your music, pictures and videos with your BlackBerry smartphone or PlayBook.

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    by Published on 09-03-2011 09:37 AM
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    We have all been there, patiently waiting for that OS update from our carrier. With RIM's Java-based OS carriers have had to test, and retest the OS to allow for network compatibility. These long delays caused by carrier testing have always been a contributer to the slow roll out of updates from RIM.
    This has all changed with the implementation of RIM's QNX based OS. QNX allows RIM to separate certain parts of code that often times the carrier would have to test. This separation, and elimination of carrier testing allows for faster OTA updates. This type of update can already be seen in how the BlackBerry PlayBook updates itself. A user is alerted that there is a update for the device, and they simply click on install.
    This type of quick updating is absolutely crucial with new devices, as bugs are found all the time shortly after a new release. We have seen affects of quick OTA updates within the PlayBook, as many of those updates have quickly resolved issues, and enhanced the user experience.

    What do you think of the new approach to updating? Let us know in the forums.



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    by Published on 08-26-2011 11:08 PM
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    Earlier this week, BlackBerry Desktop Manager 7 was released in Beta Zone. Many wished that the beta would have been released to a larger audience. Well, some members of OpenSourceBB were able to stripped down the app to no longer need keycode.

    Note: Since this is a beta version of BlackBerry Desktop Manager 7, please install at your own risk.


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    by Published on 08-25-2011 05:50 PM
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    As most of have heard by now, RIM has released the new BBM music feature into the hands of Beta Zone members on a invite only basis. If you happen to be a contact of one of those lucky Beta Zone testers you will see in their profile information that they are indeed using the app. Status updates will also show that they have used the BBM music feature. As seen in the screenshot above, when you click on the BBM Music yellow download arrow it asks if you want to download the BBM Music app from App World. Well, of course when you go to App World it's not available just yet, but this is a great sign that RIM has prepped the access for us to easily reach this app within BBM. Are you one of the lucky Beta testers? Let us know what you think of BBM Music in the comments!


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    by Published on 08-22-2011 04:14 AM
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    Watch a video in depth comparison of the BlackBerry Bold 9930 running OS 7 vs Apple's iPhone 4 running OS 5. My intention wasn't to cover everything in this video as it would have taken much longer, but the video does cover the main aspects of each device and how the compare to each other. The video is 22 minutes long, so grab a coffee or some popcorn and sit back and enjoy. Any thoughts or questions let us know!


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    Published on 08-21-2011 01:32 AM
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    The Wall Street Journal's child website, All Things D, reports that the new BlackBerry Music service will cost $5 a month for 50 songs. These songs can then be shared with friends via BBM. More details include:

    • A full-fledged rollout is planned for the first three territories later this fall.
    • RIM is negotiating global licenses with the music companies, and expects to launch in other territories in 2012; the big idea is to piggyback on the success of RIM’s BlackBerry Messenger service, which has more than 45 million users worldwide.
    • Subscribers won’t be able to export their music to PCs or other hardware, with the exception of RIM’s much-maligned PlayBook tablet.
    • Subscribers will be able to share songs with friends who are also BBM Music subscribers.

    The article also suggest a September beta launch...

    The music industry sources believe RIM is aiming for a beta launch in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom in early September. A RIM rep declined to comment.

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    Thanks ice2921
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    by Published on 08-19-2011 04:39 PM
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    RIM just released to developers v2.1.1 of the BlackBerry WebWorks SDK for BlackBerry Smartphones which updates the version made available in June. New capabilities available to WebWorks developers for BlackBerry Smartphones are:

    • NTLM & BASIC Authentication support (NTLM support requires a BlackBerry Enterprise Server)
    • Camera API (take a picture or a video)
    • Top Banner Indicator API
    • Enhanced Push APIs
    • Improved rendering speeds for applications not using loading/transition screens

    If you are a developer, let us know how the new update will be able to help you.
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    by Published on 08-17-2011 05:01 AM
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    1. BlackBerry Software



    BlackBerry Desktop Manager 2.1.2 Build 8 has been released. It appears the only changes thus far is added support for the following BlackBerry 7 devices:

    • BlackBerry Torch 9810
    • BlackBerry Torch 9850
    • BlackBerry Torch 9860
    • BlackBerry Bold 9900
    • BlackBerry Bold 9930

    You can read more about the update with these Release Notes. You can also read more with the User Guide as well.



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